Time to mask up again. On Monday, August 23, Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest COVID-related mandate for face coverings goes into effect, and applies to everyone, whether vaccinated or not, in most public indoor settings such as bars and restaurants. As has been the case previously during the pandemic, the only exception for removing a mask is when one is actively eating or drinking.
Back in May, when the state’s initial mask mandate was lifted, fully vaccinated diners had the option to go maskless at restaurants, despite recommendations from local authorities, including King County health officer Dr. Jeffrey Duchin. Now that’s no longer the case through this latest state mandate,
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